Kyle Bradish to open season on IL following UCL sprain

by Chad Simpson
Kyle Bradish suffers Right UCL Sprain set to open season on IL

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kyle Bradish is set to open the season on the injured list after suffering a sprained UCL in his right arm.

Bradish experienced irritation in his throwing elbow after starting his throwing program in January, general manager Mike Elias said.  The 27-year-old was treated with a PRP injection and the early returns are reported to be encouraging.

Bradish finished last season with a 12-7 record and a 2.83 ERA with 168 strikeouts over 30 starts.

Kyle Bradish to open season on IL following UCL sprain

Bradish had been a popular pick early in draft season coming off the board in round 7/8 frequently.

Look for his rotation spot along, with the fifth rotation spot to become a spring competition between Cole Irvin, Cade Povich, Chayce Mcdermott, and Tyler Wells. Povich or McDermott would have immediate deep-league appeal as part of the rotation.

Orioles starter John Means is also unlikely to be a part of the Opening Day rotation, as the lefty is still dealing with a left elbow injury that kept him out of the American League Division Series in October. Means underwent Tommy John surgery in 2022.

“At this point, I kind of understand to follow the process and do the best I can every day and try to be as prepared as I can,” Means said on Friday.

Means completed his first bullpen session around Jan. 31. The lefty has pitched just 31 2/3 MLB innings over the past two seasons. He pitched 45 1/3 innings last season between four major league starts and six minor league appearances.

Both Bradish and Means remain confident that they can contribute this season.

"I feel confident that I will be able to pitch and help this team out this year," said Bradish.

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